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Sword hangs over meat, leather exporters after new cattle sale rules. Liaquat Ali, of Meerut, had a flourishing business as a cattle trader, supplying animals to local slaughterhouses, including some prominent meat exporters.

Sword hangs over meat, leather exporters after new cattle sale rules

But, for the last few months, his business has dwindled. If the crackdown on ‘illegal’ abattoirs by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh (UP) was not enough, Friday’s notification on the sale and purchase of animals from markets might leave Ali with hardly any option but to shut up shop. “An old, infirm animal, be it a bull or a buffalo (called ‘kanda’ in local parlance) fetches somewhere around Rs 30,000-50,000 in local markets. Modi govt's new restrictions on cattle slaughter will hurt farmers the most.

Gazette No. 396, issued by the Government of India on May 23 and titled the ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017’, promises to be the final death knell of cattle and buffaloes in India, and along with them, the destruction of what little remains of a dignified life and livelihood for farmers.

Modi govt's new restrictions on cattle slaughter will hurt farmers the most

This completely innocuous sounding amendment, issued under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act – a Central law – imposes in section 22 a set of ‘Restrictions on sale of cattle’. These require the owner of cattle being brought to the market for sale, in other words the farmer, to produce and submit to the Animal Market Committee a written declaration stating that “the cattle has not been brought to the market for sale for slaughter”. In turn, the buyer of the animal has to undertake “that the animal is being bought for agriculture purposes and not slaughter” The rules defines ‘cattle’ to mean “cow, calf, bull, bullock, buffalo, heifer, steer and camel”. Jio effect: Tata Tele's net worth erodes by Rs 11,650 cr. The woes of Tata Teleservices continue to mount with its net worth eroding by Rs 11,653 crore at the end of the financial year ended March 2017, on rising losses and interest payments.

Jio effect: Tata Tele's net worth erodes by Rs 11,650 cr

The company announced a loss of Rs 4,617 crore for FY17, compared to a loss of Rs 2,023 crore in FY16. This is a bad news for its promoter, Tata Sons, which will have to keep investing in the company’s equity so that it can meet its liabilities, bankers said. iPhone production: India offers a homemade road map to Apple. India has offered its own electronics manufacturing road map to global tech giant Apple to comply with as it kick-starts local production of its flagship product iPhone and carve up a larger chunk of the country’s fast-growing smartphone market.

iPhone production: India offers a homemade road map to Apple

“We have drawn a road map of indigenisation, in consultation with the industry over the past two years. We have shared it (with Apple) and asked them to align with it… we don’t need to give them any separate concessions. Customers will force Airtel, Vodafone, Jio into battle for market share. In a letter to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India recently, Reliance Jio Infocomm accused Bharti Airtel of introducing discriminatory tariff plans in the marketplace and using misleading advertisements to promote its services.

Customers will force Airtel, Vodafone, Jio into battle for market share

To many, it was nothing but round two of a bruising telecom battle that began when Reliance Jio entered the market nine months ago doing much the same that it now accuses competitors of doing: Undercutting rivals and offering freebies to consumers. While Jio had a free run till March this year notching up over 100 million subscribers in the process, experts say that sanity in terms of pricing and promotions will eventually prevail. But for the moment, the price and discount focused Indian customer is forcing brands into one of the biggest battles for market share. Manchester Arena attack: Why stopping worldwide terrorism is so challenging. A January 2017 Pew survey showed that Americans rate terrorism as the top priority for the Trump administration and Congress.

Manchester Arena attack: Why stopping worldwide terrorism is so challenging

They put the issue ahead of the economy, education, jobs and health care costs. For the past 12 years as Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, I have worked with colleagues to improve understanding of terrorism by studying its causes and consequences. One of our largest and most extensive projects has involved compiling all terrorist attacks worldwide since 1970 into the Global Terrorism Database (GTD).

Based on this work, six issues stand out to me as major challenges for developing effective policy on countering terrorism. Operation Clean Money: War on black money is only half-won. On a November evening last year, bang in the middle of his five-year term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation, announcing that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes would be taken out of circulation.

Operation Clean Money: War on black money is only half-won

In his speech on November 8, Modi said, “To break the grip of corruption and black money, we have decided that the five hundred rupee and thousand rupee currency notes presently in use will no longer be legal tender from midnight.” In subsequent public speeches in those initial heady days after the note ban announcement there were suggestions and expectations that the move could bring enough black money into government coffers to fulfill Modi’s election promise of depositing Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of every Indian. Operation Temperer: UK prepares for further imminent attacks post bombing.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK has raised the threat level to maximum and the government was preparing to send soldiers on to streets as a second terror attack may be imminent after the Manchester pop concert bombing.

Operation Temperer: UK prepares for further imminent attacks post bombing

May raised the threat level from severe to critical for the first time since 2007, saying the decision was taken after security forces were unable to rule out if Salman Abedi, the British-born suspect behind Monday's suicide bombing at the concert in Manchester city that killed 22 people, acted alone. The raising of the threat level mean further attacks may be imminent. The move will see the Army deployed to secure key sites. "It is a possibility that we cannot ignore, that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack," May said in a live address late last night after she chaired a meeting of the government's emergency response Cobra committee.

Saharanpur protests herald a new phase in Uttar Pradesh's dalit politics. Saharanpur, a district known for its woodcraft products in western UP, is in the news for two caste and communal incidents, involving clashes with Dalits.

Saharanpur protests herald a new phase in Uttar Pradesh's dalit politics

The ongoing Dalit protest in the district, which has now reached the capital New Delhi, suggests a new phase in Dalit politics in UP, closely related to the declining fortunes of the BSP, and efforts by the BJP to bring the Dalits into the ambit of its more socially inclusive Hindutva strategy. Dalit politics has been through a number of phases in UP related to the strategies pursued by the BSP and rapid social change in the state in recent decades. Xiaomi Redmi 4 on sale from noon today: Phone's a steal at Rs 6,999. Xiaomi Redmi 4, a budget device from the China-based smartphone manufacturer, will go on sale on Tuesday at 12pm IST via Amazon India and Mi.com.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 on sale from noon today: Phone's a steal at Rs 6,999

The smartphone will only be available in two variants on launch day-Matte Black and Elegant Gold colour variants. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 price in India starts at Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant. Arnab Goswami gets notice from Delhi HC for alleged Times Now 'theft' The Delhi High court has issued a notice to former Arnab Goswami, the former editor-in-chief of the group's Times Now channel, in the case pertaining to the alleged breach of employment contract and misusing intellectual property of Times Now, the channel owned by Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd (BCCL), Live Law reported.

The Group had filed a criminal complaint against Arnab Goswami. Soft copies of the complaint and an executive summary thereof were reviewed by Business Standard. Times Now, Goswami’s previous employer, alleged that the audio tapes played during the Sunanda Pushkar story and the earlier Lalu Prasad controversy on Republic TV were ‘procured and accessed’ by Goswami and Sridevi while they were employed by Times Now. Republic TV is the name of the news channel that Goswami launched on May 6, months after he quit Times Now last November.

Windows smashed! Tejas Express vandalised one day before launch. Zomato hack: You need to enhance online security with a password manager. Recently, food-tech company Zomato suffered a security breach where 17 million user records were stolen, including email addresses and passwords. Such hacking incidents can have wider consequences, including, in the gravest of scenarios, financial losses. They emphasise the need for people to adopt newer protection mechanisms, such as password managers. Job insecurity gives way to India's 1st IT workers union in Tamil Nadu. In 2008, as Tamil Nadu erupted in angry protests against the killings of Sri Lankan Tamils during that country’s civil war, a group of young software professionals in Chennai’s Tidel Park banded together to form a human chain. “Stop the War, Save Tamils” was their demand – a slogan that featured on posters, T-shirts and Orkut posts.

Nine years later, their agitation has led to the formation of India’s first independent union for information technology employees. Amid reports of large-scale layoffs by several Indian software firms companies, the Forum for Information Technology Employees, which evolved from the campaign to protect Tamils in Sri Lanka, is in the process of getting itself registered formally as a union for technology employees in India. Manchester attack: 22 dead; kids missing from concert, here is what we know. A massive attack shook Manchester on today that killed at least 22 people. Reportedly 50 others have been injured. The 'terrorist attack' took place at a concert of pop star Ariana Grande in the Manchester city in the UK. As per AFP, Greater Manchester Police says that 22 people have died because of the attack already. The attacker died detonating the bomb, they said. Dangal set to beat Baahubali-2, grosses over Rs 1,500 crore worldwide.

Aamir Khan-starrer wrestling drama Dangal has grossed around Rs 1,501 crore worldwide, collecting $12.64 million till 11 pm (China Standard Time) on Sunday in China and has become second Indian film to gross over Rs 1,500 crore. Dangal, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, has grossed over $113 million in China, becoming highest non-Hollywood foreign grosser in the Chinese box office, posing threat to the position of S S Rajamouli's action fantasy epic Baahubali: The Conclusion as the top worldwide grosser among Indian films. It is also the highest grosser at the overseas box office among Indian movies. Dangal grossed Rs 1,501 crore till now, among which Rs 731.36 crore is from China and Rs 25.78 crore is from Taiwan, according to movie trade analyst Ramesh Bala.

No, Google's not a bird: Bringing the internet to rural India. Trump acknowledges India as victim of terrorism, stops short of naming Pak. Delhi-London return flight at only Rs 30,000? SpiceJet going for long haul. Echoes of Saharanpur in Delhi: Thousands at Jantar Mantar for Dalit protest. IPL final 2017: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant; Dhoni defeated. Zomato to update the security of 6.6 mn accounts. Attention Instagram & Snapchat users! Your mental health is at risk: Report.

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: 'We made a mistake', says Pak media after ICJ order. 12-18% GST rate for most products; foodgrain exempted, 5% tax on coal. Worried about GST rates? Know what gets cheaper and costlier from July 1. GST rate: Most services to be taxed at 18%, say govt sources. Kulbhushan Jadhav cannot be hanged till final verdict: ICJ tells Pakistan. Voda offers 45 GB free data with 4G phones on Amazon. Here's how to get it. Infosys to hire nearly 20,000 engineers from campuses. Paytm payments bank launching next week, but not with Shinjini Kumar as CEO.

Do you order food on Zomato? Beware! Hackers may have stolen your data. Actress Reema Lagoo passes away of cardiac arrest at 59. WannaCry ransomware: 48k cyber attack instances in India, says Quick Heal. Mukesh Ambani sole Indian among Forbes' list of Global Game Changers. Raids explained: INX Media nod puts Karti Chidambaram in trouble with CBI. Maruti Suzuki Dzire 2017: Top 10 highlights from price to fuel efficiency. IT job cuts: After Wipro, Infosys, now IBM lays off thousands in India.

CBI raids on Karti Chidambaram: Plot decoded and some unanswered questions. Xiaomi launches VoLTE-ready Rs 6,999 Redmi 4 smartphone: Things to know. Ransomware attack: Indian-origin Google researcher hints North Korea link. Maruti launches new Dzire, starting price Rs 5.45 lakh. WannaCry close call for India, govt must open up on cyber attacks. 3 years of Modi govt: India everywhere is the PM's mantra. OnePlus 5 launch soon: Device to have flagship features for half the price.

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CCI to probe Idea, Voda, Airtel on Jio's complaint alleging cartelisation. Modi in Sri Lanka: Direct Air India flight to now connect Colombo, Varanasi. Amazon Great Indian Sale: Guide to the best deals & how to avail the offers. Justice Karnan seeks suspension of conviction order from SC. Snapdeal founders, Nexus reach deal with SoftBank for sale to Flipkart. This is a nightmare for me: Techies outrage over IT layoffs on social media. Honda makes a comeback with new City and W-RV, widens lead over TaMo. Income Tax dept launches new e-facility to link your Aadhaar with PAN. Reliance Jio to offer 100 GB free data, 100 Mbps speed at JioFibre launch.

Glimpses of Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 & Nokia 3310: India launch very soon. No plan to tax agri income; rich farmer very rare, says Arun Jaitley. International Court of Justice requests Pakistan govt for relief to Jadhav. Now you can browse Google Chrome without internet on your phone. Here's how. SC holds Vijay Mallya guilty of contempt for transferring $40 mn to kids. Heavily drunk, Gujarat Dy CM's son Nitin Patel misbehaves; taken off flight.

Good news for Apple fans! You may soon get an iPhone 5S for Rs 15,000. IT professionals protest sacking in Cognizant. E-Nivaran is Modi's gift to tax payers: How does the scheme work? Vijay Mallya held guilty of contempt; SC asks him to appear in person. Arnab's Republic a reflection of what India has become- noisy and chaotic. SBI cuts affordable home loan rates to 8.35%; lowest in market. Fodder scam: No relief for Lalu, SC orders trial for criminal conspiracy. Reliance Jio is offering 100% cashback on JioFi: Here's how to avail of it. WATCH: In Yogi's Gorakhpur, BJP MLA reduces woman IPS officer to tears. India to play Champions Trophy, confirms BCCI. Vijay Mallya consults 'formidable' lawyer to defend him in extradition case. Baahubali 2 creates new record: First Indian film to cross Rs 800 cr mark. RBI required empowerment with relation to specific stressed assets: Jaitley. Patanjali claims to take on KFC, but its anti-MNC stand is self-destructive.

Vivo V5s: At Rs 18,990, it's a wallet-friendly smartphone for great selfies. Nirbhaya gangrape case: SC shows no mercy; death sentence for 4 culprits. Arnab Goswami's Republic first Indian news channel to air live on Hotstar. India's South Asia Satellite is a Rs 10,000 crore gift for its neighbours. Should you buy IT stocks amid changing business environment? Only 27% Indian women are in labour force- the lowest among BRICS countries. Oppo launches front dual camera selfie-centric F3 smartphone for Rs 19,999. Patanjali and its grand plans: Ramdev expects Rs 20,000 cr revenue in FY18. Vijay Mallya row: India asks UK to ensure early extradition. SBI to recruit 554 special management executives. Swachh Bharat rankings: Indore is India's cleanest city, Bhopal comes 2nd. Mahindra pulls the plug on electric car sales in UK. Sachin Tendulkar branded smartphones are launching today. AAP crisis: Amanatullah suspended for calling Kumar Vishwas RSS-BJP agent.

PepsiCo India aims to reduce sugar in fizzy drinks.